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I was on a trip and is now down with cold... will be visiting ur pages soon !!

have a nice day !!

A chameleon (danke, Gertrud) does its daily exercise, oblivious of the fact that it's being captured for flickr.

lizard....?

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India

I recd. a mail from Robert Mendyk, Senior editor of Biawak, a zoological journal devoted exclusively to the biology of monitor lizards and also an expert on Varanids about this posting. Thanks very much Dr.Robert for correcting me. He opined that this juvenile is also our commonest species, the Bengal monitor (Varanus bengalensis).

 

Bengal monitor (Varanus bengalensis), also known as the Common Indian Monitor, is a monitor lizard found throughout Bangladesh and India. they appear orange or brown with yellow and black rings around the body and tail.

 

Monitor lizards are considered to be the most derived lizards, possessing a relatively high metabolic rate for reptiles and several sensory adaptations that benefit the hunting of live prey. some of them have weak venom and some others are capable of parthenogenesis. The monitors are carnivorous.

 

the genus name "Varanus" is derived from de Arabic "varal" whihc resulted from de Varanids stand on their hindlimbs n de legend says that they warn the people about de presence of crocodiles.

 

A rare beauty from de evergreen forests of Silent Valley National Park, Palghat, Kerala, Southern India. further studies n observations needed to understand its biology n distribution of de species.

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India

a close up of skin shed by the snake

ID: Pranav B.

Aambyvalley Rd.,Off Lonavala,Mah.,India

 

photo credit:Vaibhav G.

Aambyvalley RD.,Lonavala,Mah.,India

 

photo credit:Vaibhav G.

Although his back was towards me, I'm sure this guy kept an eye on me. All the photos I took of him have an eye clearly visible.

Will be visiting your pages soon :D thanks for all visits and comments !!

Aambyvalley Rd.,Off Lonavala,Mah.,India

 

also called Keeled Indian Mabuya/Common Keeled Skink

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.India

Head Shot!

found at the same spot as last year,beside a dry stream bed hidden below a culvert....may be it is a new skin..quite intact

Asia's deadliest snake no1(Nat Geo Wild))

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.India

Gekkonidae

endemic to Westernghats and parts of SriLanka

also called"Rock Gecko"

source:india nature watch

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India

thanks to Pranav B for the id.

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India

taking shelter on a windy night

..Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India

.taken on a cameraphone.Courtesy Vaibhav G. and his brave brigade...was coiled on a tree,brought down,photographed and let off in the forest.Thanks to Vaibhav G.!

special thanks to Pranav B. for pinpointing my mistake,and for the correct ID.

Aambyvalley Rd.,Off Lonavala,Mah.,India

 

restricted to mainly peninsular India.

Photo Credit:Vaibhav G.

Ambyvalley rd.,Lonavala,Mah.,India

 

Agamidae

 

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India

Gekkonidae

would prey on insects attracted to light at night

source:indian nature watch

 

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India

One, of the Big Four...amongst the deadliest and venomous snakes of India..taking the maximum toll...hardly 9" was swimming in a pond. .with the help of some bravehearts was brought ashore,photographed and letoff in the forest.

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India

Nocturnal

Gekkonidae

source:indianaturewatch

 

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India

Varanus bengalensis

juvenile

recorded at this place a few years back by Vaibhav G.this is shown here courtesy of Vaibhav G.Thanks to him!

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